Biography of Morris C. Decker of Le Roy, NY

Morris C. Decker was born April 12, 1850, in Sparta, Sussex County, N. J., where he was raised and received his education. On reaching his majority he engaged as a street car conductor in Newark, N. J., for one year, when he came to Watkins, N. Y., where he had a meat market until the spring of 1873, when he came to Le Roy, where he has since operated and managed a fruit distillery for Decker & Titman. He also owns and successfully operates a large wholesale and retail liquor and cigar store in Le Roy village. He is a son of James L and Ellen (McCoy) Decker, of Sussex County. James L. Decker is a prominent citizen of Sussex County, N. J. both in politics and business. He has been sheriff of his county, represented his county two terms in the Assembly of his State, and is largely engaged in manufacturing interests and farming. He reared four sons and one daughter, of whom Morris C. is the second child. He is a son of James Decker, who was a son of Henry, a descendant of Peter Decker, of Holland parents, and the first white man who, in 1740, settled where Deckertown, N. J., now is. Some of the most distinguished and wealthiest families of New Jersey are the descendants of the Decker family. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick's grandmother, Fametje Kilpatrick, was a daughter of Josiah, son of Peter Decker, of Deckertown. Morris C. Decker married Mary, daughter of William and Elenore Smith, of Unionville, Orange County, N. Y. William Smith came from England, and was the patentee of rubber webbing, which became very valuable to the owners. Mr and Mrs Decker have one child, Percy C. He is an active and leading Mason, and one of the active and progressive business men of Le Roy.

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of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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